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De-stressing Doctors

A Self-Management Guide

This invaluable guide shows doctors how to effectively manage their stress, before they become distressed.
The authors also acknowledge that doctors do not work in a social vacuum, and address the management, business and social positions doctors are expected to fulfil, in addition to their clinical role.
De-stressing Doctors: a Self-management Guide will help every doctor to become their own stress manager by integrating stress control techniques into the day-to-day profession of medical practitioner.

Audience
Physicians, Medical Students

Paperback, 176 Pages

Published: July 2003

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8783-6

Contents

  • PART ONE - THE FACE OF STRESS
    Chapter 1. Stress is not a four-letter word
    Stress - whipping boy or reality?
    Not all stress is bad
    The damaging nature of the stress response
    Adaptive versus maladaptive ways of coping with stress
    Change as a source of stress
    A transactional model of stress
    Defining stress

    Chapter 2. Stress Diagnosis
    Conducting a stress audit
    Components of a stress audit
    The stress diagnosis process
    Who conducts the stress audit
    Stress ill health and job dissatisfaction among GPs: a case study
    The nature of stress among doctors
    Stress and hospital doctors
    Stress and general practitioners
    Stress diagnosis: conclusion

    PART TWO - MANAGING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
    Chapter 3. Time Management
    Diagnosing time management problems
    Using a time log
    Action planning
    Work smarter not harder!
    Set SMART goals
    Make and use lists
    Manage time wasters
    Managing meetings
    Time management: conclusions

    Chapter 4. Creating an Effective Work Environment
    Macro Environment Stress
    Managing physical work conditions
    Micro Environment Stress
    Managing your work space
    Work smarter not harder II
    Stress, new technology and computers

    PART THREE - BEHAVIOUR AND STRESS
    Why we behave in ways that cause stress
    Chapter 5. Aggression and stress
    Characteristics of aggression
    Why we are aggressive
    Consequences of aggressive behaviour
    Dealing with aggression
    Anger and conflict management
    Understanding conflict
    Anger management
    Dealing with criticism
    Role negotiation
    Summary: managing anger

    Chapter 6. Type A Behaviour and Stress
    Measuring Type A behaviour
    Characteristics of type A behaviour
    Why we behave as an A-Type
    The consequences of TAB at work
    Managing Type A behaviour
    Relaxation as a stress coping strategy
    Relaxation techniques
    Short relaxation exercise
    Momentary relaxation
    Breathing exercise
    Venting steam
    Social support as a stress coping mechanism
    Exercise and stress control
    Career sabbaticals
    Type A behaviour: conclusion

    PART FOUR: A STRESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
    Coping With Stress - a personal action plan
    Conclusion

    APPENDIX I Daily Stress Log
    APPENDIX II Time Log

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